Evidence presented in this book indicates that body piercing is dichotomized along two distinct typologies, the public and the private. Within the group of individuals who acquire private piercings, impalements on the most intimate parts of the body are quite ordinary in both men and women. This practice is referred to as erotic or genital piercing. Among males, genital piercings are commonly obtained anywhere along the shaft of the penis, as well as the scrotum and tip. Women also have freedom in terms of impalement potential, and are capable of acquiring piercings on the hood of the clitoris, the clitoris, and along the length of the labia. Though theoretically possible anywhere on the genitals, professional piercers maintain specific standardization of anatomical sites based on impalement experience and pragmatic experimentation. Though there are complexities based on intended purpose of the genital piercing, the specific location of the genital piercing, the object of genital adornment, and technical limitations based on anatomical considerations, the individuals who obtain private piercings in the most intimate areas of the body have one ubiquitous characteristic. The primary purpose of genital body piercing consistently reported by those who obtained these impalements and who were interviewed throughout the course of this study indicated that the acquisitgion of genital piercing serves as a mechanism to exercise erotic agency for the purpose of facilitating intense sexual expression.1


Sexual Expression Identity Construction Subordinate Group Intimate Area Body Piercing 
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